BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—In a game that featured three double-digit runs from both sides, CSU Bakersfield defeated Grand Canyon 74-59 for its fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory Saturday afternoon.
The Roadrunners sped to a 13-5 lead to start the game. The Antelopes clawed away at the lead. GCU mounted a 19-5 charge that would spur Grand Canyon to a 30-24 halftime lead. The Roadrunners again used a strong start to get back into the game. CSUB outscored GCU 10-4 over the first five minutes of the third to tie the game at 34. CSUB would outscore the ‘Lopes 21-10 for the quarter to take a 45-40 lead into the fourth.
With 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, Grand Canyon’s Marina Laramie drove to the basket and was whistled for an offensive foul. A scrum ensued near the GCU bench. When the dust settled, four players, Laramie and Massaquoi for Grand Canyon and Alexxus Gilbert and Tylinn Carter for CSUB were ejected for fighting. Six Roadrunner players were ejected for leaving the bench while two other Antelopes were sent to the showers for the same offense. Two GCU assistant coaches and a trainer were also ejected while one CSUB assistant was disqualified for the rest of the game. Six players were eligible to play for the Roadrunners for the final portion of the game.
Grand Canyon earned four free throw attempts for two CSUB bench technical fouls. Jessica Gajewski made all four attempts to put GCU up 46-45. Brie Mobley sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 51 with just over six minutes to go. With 6:04 to play, CSUB went on a 21-2 run that was keyed by eight Erika Williams points that sent the ‘Runners onto the victory. The Roadrunners scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, the most by a CSUB team since the quarter format began in 2015-16.
“It was a gusty win for us,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We are proud of how our team reacted throughout the game. We came out strong and had a lull in the middle but we continued to play hard. At the half, we made some adjustments. Offensively, we were able run our plays successfully and they had a hard time guarding us. We were able to take care of business at home.”
Four Roadrunners scored in double figures, led by Aja Williams who had a game high 20 points. Erika Williams scored 14 points, dished out a game high seven assists, and made two steals. Jazmyne Bartee charted her fourth consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She was 7-for-7 from the field and added three steals and two blocks. Gilbert scored 11 points before being ejected. Grand Canyon (12-8, 4-3 WAC) was led by Laramie who had 15 points. Gajewski had 12 for the ‘Lopes.
Because of the fourth quarter fight, the Western Athletic Conference is expected to issue any further penalties to the parties involved early next week. CSUB (10-11, 5-2 WAC) travels to WAC leader NM State (16-6, 8-0) Thursday night. The 7 p.m. (MT) start will be available on the WAC Digital Network.